Jewish father grateful to Muslim mum who stood up for family

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LONDON: A Jewish man whose family was subjected to anti-Semitic abuse on the London Underground has said he wants to meet the woman (Asma Shuweikh) who stood up for them in order to thank her. The father said that he had been on the Tube into central London with his wife and children when a man approached them and asked if they were Jews, The Asian Image has reported.

In a statement, released by the Campaign Against Antisemitism on Monday, the father said the man then shouted at the family that Jews started the slave trade and were from the “synagogue of Satan”.

The father, who has not been named, added: “I was confused. I was ready for the anti-Semitic comments after the Jewish question, but I was not prepared for the hail of anti-Semitic abuse which followed.”The only thing I could think about was the safety of my children and the best thing to do at that time was to restrain myself and try to get my children to ignore the situation.”

A video of the incident was posted on social media showing a man reading anti-Jewish bible passages to two young boys in skullcaps while they were travelling with their family on the Northern Line.

The man is seen in the video threatening a man off-camera after he tries to intervene before a woman in a hijab – Asma Shuweikh – confronts him.

The Jewish father said his family had been travelling from Hendon Central in north London to Covent Garden on Friday morning when the incident took place. He said that they were “extremely grateful” to Ms Shuweikh for intervening and wanted to thank her in person.

A man, whose name and age has not been released by police, has been arrested and was held in Birmingham on Saturday night on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence.

Mother-of-two Ms Shuweikh, from London, told the PA news agency she “wouldn’t hesitate to do it again”. “I would have loved more people to come up and say something, because if everyone did, I do not think it would have escalated in the way that it did,” she said.